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Audit finds ‘no formal tracking’ of IT security incidents at Public Safety Canada

February 17, 2021 Jim Bronskill - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – An internal review has uncovered weak security practices when it comes to information technology at Public Safety Canada – from lax controls on the use of portable flash drives to inadequate awareness and training. The review found employees

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B.C. health authority’s cybersecurity lacking on medical devices, says audit

February 9, 2021 by Jason Contant

VICTORIA – British Columbia’s auditor general says the Provincial Health Services Authority is not effectively managing cybersecurity threats for medical devices and has not evaluated the risk to patients. Michael Pickup says ineffective cybersecurity management means the authority can’t apply

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Majority of cybersecurity executives expect to budget more to cope with COVID: study

December 4, 2020 The Canadian Press

TORONTO – A new study estimates more than half of executives responsible for cybersecurity expect to grow their budgets in response to new challenges raised by the COVID pandemic. Consulting firm PwC Canada says a poll of 3,000 executives around

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Auditor general says N.S. slow to act on cybersecurity amid increasing risk

December 1, 2020 The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s auditor general says the COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting the need for more robust cybersecurity and anti-fraud measures as government employees are forced to work remotely. However, he says the provincial government isn’t working fast enough to

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If you thought cyber was hard to sell before…

October 20, 2020 by Adam Malik

Cyber claims have skyrocketed recently thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the relatively young class of business has entered a hard market, meaning that an already-tough-to-sell insurance product may become an even harder sell, according to an expert in the

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How COVID-19 has changed selling cyber insurance

August 21, 2020 by Adam Malik

Brokers and insurers should expect an upswing in cyber insurance demand, if they haven’t seen it already, as the workforce shifts in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of reports suggest. Just over a third (34%) expect to

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What smaller brokerages need to sell cyber to SMEs

May 21, 2020 by David Gambrill

Smaller brokerages need improved tools to sell cyber insurance to small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs), a cyber insurer told Canadian Underwriter recently. The industry is currently working to provide those tools, which may include a scaled version of the third-party

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How COVID-19 may change the cyber insurance landscape

May 8, 2020 by David Gambrill

One long-term impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic may be an uptick in the sale of commercial cyber insurance policies, industry experts predicted during a recent Canadian Underwriter webinar. In addition, the pandemic may provide an opportunity for brokers to

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Are you following these password blunders?

January 16, 2020 by Adam Malik

From leaving passwords written on sticky notes laying around to using simple passwords to not using proper technology to secure client data, employees and companies still have much to learn about data security, according to a recent report. And with

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How Canada’s banks are tackling identity theft risk

May 1, 2019 By David Paddon - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Canada’s biggest banks marked the official launch of the Verified.Me digital identity network on Wednesday, following years of development and testing with their partner SecureKey Technologies Inc. The banks see Verified.Me as the beginning of a more secure

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What workers need to learn about cyber security

December 10, 2018 Joyce M. Rosenberg - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK – It may seem obvious: Companies’ computers, mobile devices and accounts need secure passwords. But many small business owners don’t take the time to educate staffers about these very basic forms of cybersecurity. And staffers may not know

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Canadian businesses spent $14B on cybersecurity in 2017

October 15, 2018 The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says Canadian businesses reported spending $14 billion on cybersecurity in 2017 as they confront greater risks in the digital world. The StatCan survey finds that more than one in five companies said they were impacted by